Team News: Munster ‘A’ name side to take on Ireland U20s

Munster ‘A’ have named a strong team to take on the Ireland U20s this Friday at the IRFU HPC (1pm KO)

30 November 2020; Jack Crowley, left, and Thomas Ahern of Munster ahead of the Guinness PRO14 match between Munster and Zebre at Thomond Park in Limerick. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

With no Rainbow Cup fixture this weekend, the team consists of a blend of experienced senior players and promising academy prospects.

There are three Limerick men in the starting team as Daniel Okeke, Dan Goggin and Calvin Nash are all selected. Highly thought of 21 year-old Jack Crowley starts at fullback for the ‘A’ side while another top youngster Thomas Ahern starts in the second row following an injury lay-off.

Ahern is picked in the second row alongside a more unfamiliar name in Fearghail O’Donoghue who is a product of Cashel RFC and Cashel Community School. O’Donoghue played in the same fixture against the Ireland U20s back in 2019.

Departing hooker Rhys Marshall is named on the bench along with two familiar frontrow partners Josh Wycherley and Jeremy Loughman.

Munster A: Jack Crowley; Calvin Nash, Dan Goggin, Alex McHenry, Liam Coombes; Jake Flannery, Paddy Patterson; Liam O’Connor, Diarmuid Barron (C), Keynan Knox; Fearghail O’Donoghue, Thomas Ahern; Jack Daly, Daniel Okeke, Jack O’Sullivan.

Replacements from: Rhys Marshall, Josh Wycherley, Jeremy Loughman, Conor Moloney, Dylan Murphy, Ethan Coughlan, Ben Healy, Aaron Leahy, Alan Flannery, Seán French, Jamie Shanahan.

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